When the winter season comes, it’s time to dust those ice skates off and head to your nearest ice skating rink. And if you live in Basel, you might be wondering where exactly that is.
The following are some ice skating options you have in the Basel area and in some nearby towns. I have included all the details as well as a general description of what you will find at each ice skating rink.
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The Kunsteisbahn in Margarethen has two artificial ice rinks – one is outdoors, the other indoors. They are quite big, with the indoor one covering 1’800m² (covered with lights) and the outdoor ice rink field is 4’200m².
Address: Im Margarethenpark 10, 4053 Basel, Switzerland (Google Maps)
Phone: +41 61 267 49 40
Opening Hours: MWF and Saturday:10 AM–10 PM; TTH: 9 AM–10 PM
Getting There: Bus 36 will get you there (it has its own bus stop: “Kunsteisbahn”), but if you are up for walking, you can get there from the main station railway station.
Website: Kunsteisbahn Margarethen
Another option is Gartenbad Eglisee, which also has two ice skating rinks. There is a larger one at 1’800m and a smaller one at 650. Both are covered with lights, so night skating is definitely an option. The season here runs from November 2022 til 26. February 2023
Address: Egliseestrasse 85, 4058 Basel, Switzerland (Google Maps)
Phone: +41 61 267 47 47
Opening Hours: Open daily from 9 AM–8 PM
Getting There: It is right by the Reformierte Kirche St. Markus and Pumpwerkspielplatz. There are various public transport options from the main station including train number 2, which takes 18 minutes to get there.
Website: Gartenbad Eglisee
Eissport- und Freizeithalle
Located in nearby Laufen, the Eissport- und Freizeithalle is still within 30 minutes on public transport. It used for local matches but is also open to clubs, schools, and the public. You can hire skates at the rink and there are available snacks and drinks at a small kiosk. Just be sure to check their website before you go in case there is an ice hockey match on.
Address: Birspark 10, 4242 Laufen, Switzerland (Google Maps)
Phone: +41 61 761 34 18
Opening Hours: Monday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 AM–4:15 PM; Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 AM–4:45 PM; Saturday: 1–4:30 PM; Sunday: 1–4:30 PM
Website: Eissport- und Freizeithalle
St. Jakob Arena
St. Jakob Arena is another ice skating arena close to downtown Basel, around 15 minutes by public transport. Switzerland. It is primarily used for ice hockey and is the home arena of EHC Basel.
Address: Mittlere Allee 18, 4052 Basel, Switzerland (Google Maps)
Phone: +41 61 267 57 90
Opening Hours: Monday–Friday: 9:00 AM–8:00 PM; Saturday: 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Getting There: Ideally situated and easily accessible by public transport car – with parking spaces available in the venue.
Website: St. Jakob Arena
KuBa Freizeitcenter AG
A bit further afield in Rheinfelden. the KuBa center has a small outdoor ice skating rink, and a larger covered area that you can use in all weather.
Address: Baslerstrasse 72, 4310 Rheinfelden, Switzerland (Google Maps)
Phone: +41 61 833 02 36
Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday: 9:30 AM–8:00 PM; Saturday 9:30 AM–9:00 PM
Getting There: 1-minute away from bus stop Rheinfelden.
Website: KuBa Freizeitcenter AG
Another more local ice skating rink in Sissach, about 30 minutes by car or public transport from Basel. Their rink is also used by the local hockey team on weekdays, so you can only skate after 2 PM usually. But it is worth checking with them before you go there.
Address: Renggenweg 12, 4450 Sissach, Switzerland (Google Maps)
Phone: +41 61 971 45 85
Opening Hours: Open weekdays from 12 PM –4:45 PM, closes at 4.30 PM on weekends
Getting There: It is behind the secondary school and is easy to get to on foot, by bike, or by bus. Sissach, Sekundarschule bus stop is nearby).
Website: Kunsti Sissach